Thursday, June 5, 2014

TEMPLE VISITS IN U S A

A large number of Hindu Temples are in U S A, across the country. Indians with various faiths have their own worshiping centres in their cities. City with large concentration of Indians, have more temples.
Those temples we visited during our trip to USA are:
1. Hindu Temple of Peoria, Illinois
2. Shri Venkateshwara Balaji Temple, Arora, Chicago
3. Shri Krishna Vrindavan, Puttige Mutt, Edison, New Jersey.
4. Shringeri Sharadamba Temple, Strautsborg, Pennysylvania.
5. Shri Venkateshwara Temple, Bridgewater, NJ
6. Shri Guruvayoorappan Temple, Morgan Ville, NJ
7. Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapathi Temple, Flushing, Queens, NY
8. Lord Venkateshwara & Shiva Temple, Malibu, Los Angeles CA
9. Shri Krishna Vrindavan, Puttige Mutt, San Jose, CA

Written on Friday, 06 June 2014, Bengaluru

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

ATTENDING BRAHMOPADESHAMS

Lots of functions happen in Bangalore...... relations find it easier ot organize occasions like brahmopadesham (Thread ceremony), engagement, weddings, naming ceremony to name a few takes place often in some family or the other, The marriage hall or Kalyana mantaps are convenient places for people to converge and perform the ceremonies. Everything will be taken care..... catering, decorations, hall arrangements, etc....
ARJUN & PARENTS


ARJUN'S BRAHMOPADESHAM..... cousin brother Ramachandra Somayaji-Harini's grandson ARJUN's thread ceremony was at Prasanna Kalyana Mantapa, Jayanagara on Friday, 30th May 2014. We visited Arjun's parents Aravind-Ambika lives in Aurora, near Chicago in USA. They are on short visit to perform the ceremony. There were more than 400 people for the ceremony and as usual going with ceremony, grand lunch on banana leaf....... with special sweets....  The occasion also enables social networking and keeping contacts alive.
VISAMY RECEIVING BHIKSHE


WITH SHASHI KEDLAYA
VISMAY'S BRAHMOPADESHAM - Uncle Srinivasa Kedlaya's son B Venkatakrishna Kedlaya's grandson VISMAYA's upanayana took place at Ramanuja Samskrithi Bhavana, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru on Monday, June 2, 2014. The venue was not very big and more than 300 people assembled, mostly relations.  Lunch was grand and there memento for each person attended the function. We also visited Arjun's parents, Shashi-Suman, who lives in Cupertino, Near San Francisco, CA, USA.
written Wednesday, 04 June 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014

TRAVELLING BACK TO INDIA

WE CAME IN THAT
It's almost 2 months since we were staying in Peoria, Illinois, going round tour of East Coast and West Coast of United Stae of America, visiting temples, visiting friends and relations. The country is huge, distances are large and traveling takes lot of time and expensive. We could make best use of resources, car, bus, train, metro and airplane.
Visiting U S was possible because Raghu-Shubha were living there.
Number of weekend visits like City of St. Louis, Chicago, Iowa, Wisconsin and Springfield, went by car with daughter Shubha, Raghu and Lahari. The local visit to Peoria heights, Cater Pillar Visitor center, Peoria Waterfront  It was all memorable.
Other visits by taking tours, staying with friends and relations.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014...... Our return booking for travel to Delhi from Chicago by Air India. The flight was at 1.30pm in the afternoon, and we were mentally ready for looooooooooong flight to Delhi (14 hours)
We were booked to travel by PEORIA CHARTER bus to Chicago at 6.00am.
Raghu-Shubha, Lahari dropped us at Bradley University stop. Bus came on time and it was BYE BYE.... and the bus left them behind................
The bus reached Chicago O'Hare Airport terminal 5, at 10.30am. after stop at Joliet and Bloomington.
Strangely, Airport trolley rent at Chicago airport is $4.00 and that you pay to a machine to unlock the trolley.
We checked in at the AIR INDIA counter, no hassles. People were struggling with suitcase more than 23 Kg as there were not allowing to check.
ABOVE THE CLOUDS
After security check we were at the boarding gate and were in the aircraft half hour earlier. The flight left on time and it's lock in time of 14 hours. Food...... lunch, refreshment and breakfast next morning was served, as we were still in the aircraft. Reading, sleeping and watching movies were the main activities.
Eventually, we reached Delhi Airport next day (Wednesday, 28th May) afternoon 3.30pm.
IN FLIGHT


VIEW FROM ABOVE
After clearing immigration and customs, we checked in for Bangalore flight at 4.50pm and we were at Kempegowda International Airport at 7.30pm.
When we were out from the airport building, Ravi-Vidya were there, got into the car and reached
HOME SWEET HOME..... BIRTHI MANE......
Written Tuesday, 03 June 2014


SPRINGFIELD


ABRAHAM LINCOLN MUSEUM
'Flower City' Springfield, Illinois: Home of President Abraham Lincoln & Vachel Lindsay, capital of Illinois, and seat of Sangamon County.  Springfield is a world-class, All American city with a rich and vibrant history. Experience our sites and attractions and make Springfield your favorite city to live, work or visit.


CAPITOL BUILDING, ILLINOIS STATE
The most famous past resident is ABRAHAM LINCOLN who lived in Springfield from 1837 until 1861, when he went to the White House as President. Major tourist attractions include a multitude of historic sites connected with Lincoln.


BUILDINGD AND PARK
The city Springfield is about 100 miles from Peoria, a journey of 90 minutes. Sunday, 25th May 2014 we, with Raghu-Shubha and Lahari decided to make a trip to the place. Lunch packed, left by noon and reached place by 1.30pm.
First was visit to Lincoln Museum, with a movies, displays and exhibits seeing and listening and clicking photos. We had food (puliogare and mosaranna and fruits) around the place. Afterwards we went to see the Lincoln House and since there lot of visitors, they did not allow us.We went round the premises, walked along, what looked liked a deserted city, few cars plying on the road and hardly any people.


LINCOLN'S TOMB, MEMORIAL
We visited the Capital building of State of Illinois and also Abrham Lincoln's Tomb on the way.
Back to Peoria home by 8.30pm,
written Tuesday 03 June 2014, Bengaluru.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

VISIT WIS DELLS: WISCONSIN

Saturday, May 24, 2014
VIEW ON THE WAY
It's about two days we were at home, resting and relaxing...... Raghu-Shubha had plans for the weekend, that is to visit WIS DELLS in Wisconsin, a distance of 260 miles and travel time of 4 hours.
Wisconsin Dells is a city in south-central Wisconsin with a population of 2,678 people as of the 2010 census. The city takes its name from the Dells of the Wisconsin river, a scenic, glacially formed gorge that features striking sandstone formations along the banks of the Wisconsin River. Together with the nearby village of Lake Delton, the city forms an area known as "the Dells", a popular MIDWESTERN TOURIST  destination. 




DUCK TOUR
Because of the scenery provided by the dells of the Wisconsin River, Kilbourn City quickly became a popular travel destination in the Midwest.
We started off by car from Peoria as early as 6 am, on the road not much of scenic attractions. Stopped over at rest area and had breakfast. 
Reached Wis Dells city by 10.30 am.

The first attraction was DUCK TOUR..... as the name indicates a truck people to sit goes on the road and also goes into river and swims. the driver/tour guide (lady) was giving explanations and cracking jokes. It was about 90 minutes tour in the wisconsin river and we were at the starting point by 12 noon.



UPPER DELLS BOAT TOUR
Then we went to Upper Dells and joined the BOAT TOUR at 12.30pm. The boat could accommodate  almost 100 people and boat pilot was the tour guide.
We could see the sandstone formations and glacially formed gorge along the banks of the river. At one point, we got out from the boat and walked along the cave like path in the gorge, at the end of which there was a gift shop and snack outlet.
JET BOAT TOUR


GETTING DRENCHED
At another point we got out from the boat and walked along the path on the bank and could see the structure and rock formations. It was more than two and half hour tour and back at 2.45pm.
We were back to Lower dells to go for JET BOAT TOUR, thrilling experience in the water with sudden acceleration of the boat, sudden stop, turning, splashing water on the people. It was about 40 minutes tour and we were back by 5 pm

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

WHITE HOUSE UPSIDE DOWN
Walked around the other attractions like Upside down WHITE HOUSE, deer park etc.
We had pizza meal at a hotel, left by 7pm and reached Peoria by 11pm
It was a pleasant and excellent one day trip.
Written 02 June 2014, Bengaluru